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Expect a light first week in the Legislature

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm with No Comments »
May 10, 2013 12:54 pm

State lawmakers return to start the 30-day clock on a special session Monday, but there’s little action planned so far, and many lawmakers aren’t coming back at all. The main event looks to be ongoing budget negotiations behind closed doors.

“House members not returning on Monday – no votes planned all week,” tweeted Republican Rep. Kevin Parker of Spokane.

No action is planned yet in the House on the floor or in committees. But House Democrats say they will be back in Olympia, holding a caucus meeting. And Senate Republicans say they expect to be back the first day as well.

group of House Democrats that makes recommendations on committee assignments were scheduled to meet Monday to consider who could replace Des Moines Rep. Dave Upthegrove as the chairman of the House Environment Committee if voters send him to the King County Council. It was unclear how soon a decision would be made.

A Senate committee has a potential vote scheduled for Tuesday on a drunken-driving crackdown bill.

Only “pro forma” floor sessions are on the schedule so far, usually sparsely attended affairs with no votes, but both majority parties said schedules could be updated.



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